When Subaru dropped a hint about bringing an "all-new performance concept car" to the New York Auto Show this year, we immediately started hoping and praying that a conceptual iteration of the next WRX was in the offing. Looks like that might have paid off. While no official word has yet been written or uttered from Subaru, a French website called Blog Automobile has released a gallery of images that would seem to spill the beans about the WRX Concept.

If the leaked images are correct – and they look awfully complete and well done if they're not – WRX styling is taking a turn for the handsome. The sleek sedan in these images has all of the cues that we've come to expect from our rally-ready Imprezas: a dominating hood scoop and very wide stance with beefy wheels, and seems to miss only the rear wing to fit the perfect WRX stereotype. (And, yes, it should have gold wheels.)

There's no press release to be found, but the source is citing specifications as if it knows what it's talking about. We're told that 275 to 300 horsepower are the likely output of the turbocharged boxer four-cylinder engine, and that brakes with ventilated discs and six-piston calipers are there to haul the all-wheel-drive Scooby down from speed. If our earlier reporting is correct, we might expect to find an electric turbo under that imposing hood, too.

Stay tuned as we scan the web for confirmation about this WRX Concept. We expect that Subaru will have something to say about it, one way or the other, even before its press conference in New York.


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      mazeroni
      • 1 Year Ago
      Subaru is great at concept cars but has yet to prove they can translate those elements into a cost effective production vehicle. It seems they just don't have the resources to do so. The new Legacy is the best example of that but they may yet prove me wrong.
      cdwrx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too good to be true.
      gary
      • 1 Year Ago
      My guess? This is about as close to the production WRX as the Concept Impreza that was shown at the 2010 L.A. show was to the production Impreza that came later. Anyone remember this? http://www.autoblog.com/2010/11/17/subaru-impreza-concept-la-2010/
      sniperhunter2001
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's gorgeous, but the front looks a bit like a Jaguar XF-R (I think it's the grille).
      Dean Hammond
      • 1 Year Ago
      LIKE LIKE LIKE.....
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now I want to see the 22B wide-body model.
      Mr. Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      Are you a Jag-baru?
      oRenj9
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd buy the **** out of that car, especially if they fix the understeer that plagued the old one.
      Dwayne Hicks
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's funny how some automakers these days seem to be all over the place with their over the top controversial designs. They just can't seem to strike a balance between a modern design and appealing looks. Then Subaru of all car makers drops a concept like this and makes it look easy.
      Mr. Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      Any way you slice it, this thing will go like a bat out of hell! WRXs don't have a legacy of being pretty. ;-)
      mcheddadi
      • 1 Year Ago
      OH MY GOD!!!! TAKE MY MONEY! TAKE MY MONEY SUBARUU!!!!!!!!
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